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North Of Highland Camping Area

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North of Highland Camping Area, since 1954, is ideal for tenting, very family orientated, and has a short walking path through the "Cape Cod National Sea Shore" that leads you right to Head of the Meadow ocean beach. We have an on-site store, recreation room with fire place, pool tables & ping pong, library, laundromat, rest rooms, hot showers, and a playground (with parental guidance). You can come here to camp in the midst of all of the naural beauty of Cape Cod. Pitch your tent or tent trailer in the shade of our pine trees and easily walk to the beach every day of your relaxing vacation getaway. Yet we are still less than 10 minutes by car from bustling Provincetown and Wellfleet with plenty of shops, restaurants, art galleries and whale watching. To create a peaceful, safe environment for our guests we do NOT allow pets or motorcycles and we strictly enforce campground quiet hours 10:30 PM to 7:30 AM. Beach fires are allowed on the beach only in the evenings with a free permit.
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Set in the piney woods, surrounded by Nationsl Seashore land. Easy walk to Head of the Meadow beach on the ocean side. Short drive to Provincetown n. My family's been camping here for forty years and keep coming back every summer.
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We were able to snag a spot without a reservation as a 'walk in' and boy do I feel lucky. We were tent camping and often places are so packed with trailers that it doesn't much feel like camping. I am not sure if the campers here are allowed to have generators but the
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We arrived on the busy July 4 th weekend and was expecting madness after an 8 hr drive that should have been 4 hrs.Instead our checkin was smooth and I felt immediately welcome. Our site was wonderful,spacious and quiet and the bathrooms clean. I am actually writing this review
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Response from Greg C, Manager at North Of Highland Camping Area
Responded 15 Jul 2017
Denise, Thank you very much for your comments! We are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us and had such a peaceful time over the busy 4th of July. I have just relayed your complements to our bathroom cleaning team, they were delighted to hear your feedback too. We hope to have you camp with us again soon!
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When we arrived we thought this was going to be an excellent Forth of July weekend. Prime location near Head of the Meadows, and easy access to Provincetown and Wellfleet. As both of our parties are from the Cape and in our late 20's, we were pumped at a seemingly great find.
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Response from Greg C, General Manager at North Of Highland Camping Area
Responded 7 Jul 2017
Hi, as one of the two managers of North of Highland Camping Area, I am very sorry that your stay with us over the busy July 4th weekend was not as peaceful and relaxing as you would have liked. We were disappointed to read your review, as we strive to provide a great camping experience for every guest. We take the quietness & security of our entire campground very seriously, and believe that overall we probably have the quietest campground on all of Cape Cod; as this is one of our highest priorities, but the July 4th weekend in particular can be challenging with less experienced campers and guests looking to be more festive. Although we always appreciate guests taking time to provide us with feedback, we also take the reputation of our campground seriously, so would like to describe precisely how we quickly responded to your situation this holiday weekend and to correct a few misconceptions from your review. To help keep the campground quiet and peaceful we attempt to clearly describe our rules and expectations to all potential guests on our website & in all correspondence including reservation confirmations, and at every check-in. We are selective in the reservations we accept, not allowing large groups and not more than 4 adults on a site or more than a family of 6 including kids. We work hard to strictly enforce our quiet hours from 10:30 PM to 7:30 AM & our night watchman patrols our campground on foot several hours every night during quiet hours. During those hours no radios are allowed at all & guests are expected to be quiet enough not to be heard by or to disturb their nearest neighbors. We strongly discourage late arrivals after our office closes at 9 PM. During the daytime radios are allowed in our campground, but music & noise levels should never reach the point of disturbing neighboring campsites. Reading your review it would appear that you & your friends were the guests that were staying on sites 161A & 163 this holiday weekend which were negatively impacted by a group of two noisy families that were staying on adjoining sites 165 & 112. I am sorry that despite our best efforts you were not able to experience the same level of tranquility that our guests typically encounter at our campground due to the inconsiderate actions of these 2 families. However, I am also concerned that your review seems to imply that our management team did little or nothing to address the excessive noise made by these two families when the reality in our opinion is quite different. We worked hard to quiet this offending group several times before evicting them from the campground on the morning of 7/3, the third morning of a five night reservation. As you noted this group arrived late on 6/30, well after our office was closed, so our night watchman quieted them for the first time at 11:10 PM while they were loudly setting up their campsite. The next morning we received your call and within only 5 or 6 minutes my co-manager arrived at the offending campsite and immediately made the family turn their radio down completely. He warned them that their initial noise level and the profanities made were not acceptable and would not be tolerated. Later that afternoon and then on at least 3 more occasions that evening during Quiet Hours our staff checked-on that specific campsite, attempting to ensure quiet. During those checks on 7/1 only once were they found to be talking excessively loud, specifically at 10:56 PM when they were quieted; and there was no music playing during any of those inspections. The following morning (7/2) after speaking to another affected campsite about the noise this family had made when originally arriving 6/30 and with their radio the morning of 7/1, I immediately woke up the entire group at 7:15 AM, giving them one last and final warning prior to eviction. They assured me they would be extremely quiet going forward. That evening I accompanied our night watchman from 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM patrolling the campground and checking on this campsite in particular four separate times. The only infraction that night was once shortly after 11PM when a woman on the site was talking too loudly on her phone during quiet hours. Early the next morning on 7/3 we evicted the group from the campground, and yes, we refunded them for the final two nights of their 5 night reservation of which they had not yet stayed. Unfortunately as a business we cannot control how every guest will behave once they arrive, and can only attempt to manage their behavior once we are aware of an issue. We received only one phone call complaining about this family (yours the morning of 7/1) and one in-person complaint (the morning of 7/2) from another neighboring site citing the same issues that you had reported from 6/30 & 7/1. We responded by immediately addressing the campsite within minutes of each of these two complaints. Our night watchman checked on these sites several times each evening, correcting them once each night for talking too loudly, but we never encountered any music being played during quiet hours. Following their last and final warning, we removed the two families on the morning of 7/3. We did not refund the guests for the nights they had already stayed, instead we gave up the revenue for their future two nights in order to ensure a more peaceful and quiet environment for you and the rest of our guests. The reason we refunded the two future nights the offenders had not yet stayed is because we have determined that to be the best way to encourage a disruptive guest to leave immediately, without further noise and impact to any surrounding guests. With your experience notwithstanding, I stand by my assertion that we consistently strive to provide one of the quietest and most peaceful camping experiences on Cape Cod. We believe we responded as quickly and responsibly as possible to address the noise made by these two families that disturbed you immediately when we became aware of the issues. I am not aware of any other reasonable actions our staff should have taken that would have avoided these issues over this busy July 4th weekend, but can certainly sympathize that you did not enjoy the quiet restful experience we would have intended. Hopefully you will not let the poor behavior of these families taint your overall view of our campground. To briefly clarify a few other points, it sounds like you have misunderstood one of our signs. We have NEVER charged guests to use outlets in bathrooms. Our signs state that the bathroom outlets should only be used for hairdryers and razors, not electronics items. It says that any electronics left UNATTENDED will be taken to the office and charged a $5 return fee. The warning is intended to discourage teens from leaving their phones plugged-in over night as a way of thwarting any potential theft in the campground. Instead we provide a FREE charging station in Area 1 for phones/tablets/laptops. We also provide FREE wifi & FREE firewood for beach fires (many other campgrounds charge for these services). It would appear that you feel strongly that we should have compensated your overnight guest (who I would note was not even present when the offenders were primarily making noise setting-up and playing their radio). Your overnight guest was actually charged $14 for being the 3rd adult on your site (as our base rate includes up to 2 adults only), plus $14 for his 2nd car. We must charge for extra vehicles and any boat trailers as we only have a limited amount of parking space; with our close proximity to 2 beautiful beaches that charge $20 & $15 per day to park, we would otherwise be overrun with extra cars. Finally, regarding your comments about our sites being bunched together with little foliage, we feel we have done a nice job providing 237 attractively wooded campsites, in a variety of sizes and shapes according to the contours of the natural landscape, spread throughout nearly 58 acres of pine forest near the tip of Cape Cod where we are completely surrounded by the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. We would encourage anyone to view an accurate and unbiased overhead image of our foliage & campsites on GoogleEarth.
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What a location! Steps from the National Seashore beach (Head of the Meadow beach). Quiet and private campsites nestled in the Cape Cod evergreens. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Wake up early and walk to the beach to catch the sunrise before just
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The path was wide and clean and easy to navigate with a Wonder Wheeler.
North of Highland is primarily focused on tent camping and smaller tent trailers and camper vans. The campground has a limited number of campsites for mid-sized trailers that have electric and water hookups. These sites may be reserved for the entire camping season May 24 to September 9 with a 25% discount, but are not rented on just a nightly or weekly basis. Please email us if you wish to check on the availability of our seasonal sites.
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Any recommendations on where to rent bikes close to here?
There are a number of reputable bicycle rental businesses nearby, and at least two of them deliver bikes to the campground regularly. Idle Times Bike Shop has shops on Rt 6 in both Wellfleet and Eastham and both delivers and picks up from the campground (508-255-5070). Little Capistrano Bike Shop in Wellfleet does so as well (508-255-6515). The Bike Shack at 63 Shank Painter Road in Provincetown seems to be the least expensive option allowing guests to park at their facility while riding bikes in and around P-Town.
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We have a variety of campsites at varying distances to the bathrooms. We have four separate sections in our campground with a bathroom building centrally located in the middle of each of the areas. So some campsites are conveniently very close to bathroom facilities, with the closest being about 50 feet away and the furthest being perhaps 200 yards or meters away. All sites are comfortably walkable to restrooms, but I would suggest that whenever you make a reservation that you include your preference to be near the bathrooms if that is a concern for you. On a related note, we also have some more remote campsites that we call "path sites", where in order to access the campsite you would take a short walking path down into the site from where you park your car. These sites can be very secluded and private, but I would probably not recommend them for your particular needs as they would require a flashlight to navigate the walking path at night.
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Sorry for the delayed response, am just seeing your question today. We have lots of more remote campsites. Most of our sites are sprinkled along the higher ground contours of the property, so the campsites on the outside edges of the loops frequently have pretty overlooks of the valleys surrounding them with pine trees. The Cape Cod National Seashore Park surrounds our property, so many of the outside facing campsites are abutted against the National Park itself with pine forest running the entire length of the site. We also have a number of "path sites" where guests would park their vehicle in a designated parking spot, then take a short walking path 30-90 feet back down into the campsite itself. These sites tend to be some of our most private campsites, but may not be as convenient to access your car or the restrooms. Feel free to view our camp map on our website and get a sense of the foliage with GoogleEarth.
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Is there cell phone coverage at the campgrounds/along the beach? Thank you.
Yes, for being this close to the beach we do still get fairly good cell reception here, depending upon your cellular carrier. Verizon has the best signal, AT&T is pretty good also, but Sprint is less effective. In the campground we also provide an Adult Quiet Room where you can charge your telephones and mobile devices for free.
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"Go somewhere else."
"go and check it out for yourself - pick your site carefully"
"Area 2 was very quiet and peaceful"
"All sites seem attractive but those looking out at nothing but woods are particularly beautiful and peaceful."
"this is a campground. we loved area 3/4 which is farther out!"
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